RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Avianca has confirmed the resumption of some routes from Central America as part of its reactivation plan and in response to the new needs of the Latin American market for passenger air transport. With this initiative, Costa Rica will become one of Avianca’s main destinations in the region.
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The airline confirmed the opening of six direct routes from Costa Rica. The connections will go to Los Angeles and New York in the United States, Cali and Medellin in Colombia, Mexico City, and Managua in Nicaragua.
The announcement came after Avianca decided to significantly reduce its operations in Costa Rica in 2019 as part of the reorganization process. For 2019, the downsizing of Avianca’s operations in Costa Rica meant the massive layoff of 91 of the company’s employees.
David Alemán, Avianca’s general manager for Central and South America, told La Nación newspaper that the renewed focus on Costa Rica could be explained because the country is making steady progress in normalizing local tourism as part of the reactivation.
It is also an important transfer point for South and Central American travelers who transit to Mexico or the United States. Alemán confirmed that the expansion of activities in Costa Rica would entail the hiring of more personnel, aircraft, and investments in infrastructure.